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CyanogenMod 11 M12 rolls out, Lollipop-based CM12 nightlies hitting next month

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The team at Cyanogen Inc. pushed out what seems to be the final update in the Android 4.4.4 KitKat-based CyanogenMod 11 series, the M12. The highlight in the update is the incorporation of security patches against the POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3, along with improvements for multi-SIM users.

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1 week ago

XCOM: Enemy Within for Android brings more aliens than you can shake a plasma cannon at

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The sequel to classic strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available in the Google Play Store. XCOM: Enemy Within features the same excellent turn-based gameplay and long-term squad progression, and lathers on new story, more aliens to blow up, more tech to research, and the ability to upgrade your troops with cybernetics and gene mods.

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1 week ago

Nexus 6 review

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Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is a really big Moto X, minus most of the good Moto X bits

How much does Google's new Nexus 6 — manufactured by Motorola and a spitting image of the 2014 Moto X — have in common with its more diminutive cousin? I found that out the hard way, trying to pull the SIM card out of my Moto X and swapping it into what for us phone nerds (to say nothing of editors of Android websites) is one of the biggest releases of the year. And this was happening at 75 mph, somewhere on the New Jersey turnpike, in the back of an Uber, headed to Newark Liberty International Airport, with the clock ticking not just on my flight, but for my initial hands-on with the Nexus 6.

Not the first time I've done that, by the way.

And of course one of the SIM trays falls out of my lap and onto the floor of the car. I wasn't sure which tray I picked up. Turns out it didn't matter. You can put a Moto X SIM tray inside the Nexus 6. (And more important is that you can get it back out again.)

Was that a sign of things to come? Or just dumb coincidence? A little both, really.

But mostly it was an amusing start to a new era with a new Nexus, Android 5.0 Lollipop and Material Design. And here, now, is the Android Central review of the Nexus 6, Google's baby, birthed by Motorola.

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1 week ago

This is Flow, Samsung's cross-device content sharing system

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Samsung Flow

Samsung Developer ConferenceSamsung brought out folks during its SDC 2014 keynote to cover a whole host of areas that the company is focusing on, and one of the more interesting ones for the Android crowd is a new sharing platform called Samsung Flow.

Landing somewhere between Apple's new Continuity features and our current system of manually sending content links between devices, Samsung Flow builds on Android's share and view intents to quickly hand off information between your nearby Samsung devices, including phones, tablets, televisions and even watches. Here's how it works.

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1 week ago

Twitter wants to make money when it grows up

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No longer the fun-loving "Toys 'R' Us" kid, Twitter is all grown up now and it wants to make money. The social network released a statement on Wednesday outlining its strategy on the Internet, stating that it wants to bring in revenue, and lots of it, though it did not give any specifics on that plan. The confusing statement was met with some mockery on the social network itself.

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1 week ago

Inrix brings traffic alerts and travel time to Note 4, Gear S

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Soon, you'll be able to get travel time on your wrist as Inrix will bring its app to Samsung's Gear S smartwatch. With the Gear S Inrix app, you'll be able to save common places that you go to and get departure alerts based on traffic and road conditions on your wrist.

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1 week ago

Live from SDC14: Curtis Sasaki and the growth of the developer conference

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Samsung Developer ConferenceStarting a developer conference — and attracting developers from throughout the world — is quite the endeavor, as anyone who's ever been to a dev con knows. The logistics alone are are daunting, to say nothing of the services and products that will be showed at an event. And Samsung in its second year has grown from a Union Square hotel to none other than Moscone West, home for the likes of Google I/O and WWDC.

We caught up with Samsung senior vice president Curtis Sasaki, who's been an instrumental player in this year's developer conference, to see what it takes to pull it off, and what it means for the developers who attend.

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1 week ago

LG G3 lands in Best Buy in new cool blue hue

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LG's flagship G3 smartphone is landing in Best Buy with a new steel blue shade. The phone, with its QHD resolution display, is identical to the one we had reviewed, except it comes with a new metallic coat of paint in blue. Additionally, the LG G3 is currently on sale at Best Buy with a price tag of just $99 on contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless.

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1 week ago

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition is coming to the US in early December [Updated with pricing: $199]

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[UPDATE] Oculus has confirmed the price of the Gear VR Innovator Edition in a blog post here. It will set you back $199 for the standalone headset, or $249 when bundled with a Bluetooth gamepad.

It's been a while since we first tried out the Samsung Gear VR, and now we finally know when it's going to be available: early December. Powered by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and using that smartphone's quad HD display as its own, the Gear VR Innovator Edition was made in partnership with Oculus VR. But this isn't the last VR headset that Samsung's going to release.

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1 week ago

Live from SDC14: Powering the connected home with SmartThings

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Samsung Developer ConferenceThe connected home is becoming a reality, and although we don't all have robot maids and remote controlled lawn mowers, we're getting there step by step. SmartThings is at the forefront of the push for the connected home, and after joining forces with Samsung it has a lot of big ideas about how this is all going to work together.

We caught up with Jeff Hagins, CTO and co-founder of SmartThings for a chat at the Samsung Developer Conference, to talk about the future of the connected home. Check out our interview for the full scoop.

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1 week ago

SmartThings brings live chat support to Android app, improves mode management

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SmartThings is making it easier to set up and install your smart home thanks a new Android app update that brings with it live in-app chat support. The support feature allows you to chat directly with a member of the SmartThings support team so you can get up and running quickly. Additionally, the update brings better mode management allowing you to switch between modes easily. Along with these new features, the requisite bug fixes are also in tow.

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1 week ago

Live from SDC14: Andrew Dickerson and the possibilities of Gear VR

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Samsung Developer ConferenceSamsung's Gear VR is one of the leading products on showcase here at SDC, and development is just getting started. With the Innovator Edition of the Gear VR ready to hit the hands (well, faces) of developers, more people are getting excited. Big names in media, gaming and entertainment are creating not only games but also virtual reality experiences for Gear VR, and it's all happening at a rapid pace starting with folks here at SDC.

We had the opportunity to interview one of the brains behind the Gear VR, Director of Software Development at Samsung Andrew Dickerson, at the Samsung Developer Conference. Check out the full interview for more on what's to come with Gear VR.

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1 week ago

Live from SDC14: PayPal and Braintree making payments ever easier

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Those of us of a certain age remember life before PayPal. But as we continue to pay for more and more things digitally, it's increasingly important to have a safe and secure — and easy — way to do it. PayPal, of course, is one of the biggest names in that space.

Samsung Developer ConferenceBut another that's been mostly behind the scenes is Braintree. It's used as a facilitator for credit card transactions. If you've used Uber, you've seen Braintree in action, making it possible to switch from, say, your company credit card to your personal card, with just a few taps. (Which, in fact, is what I do all the time.)

We caught up with Jonathan LeBlanc and Tim Messerschmidt from PayPal and Braintree at the Samsung Developer Conference to see what's new, and what's to come.

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1 week ago

Android 5.0 Lollipop Nexus factory images are live — here's how to update!

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Lollipop updates

New Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 5, 7, 10 and 9

Android 5.0 Lollipop is upon us! The Nexus 9 tablet tablet has been on sale for a good while, but today the first Lollipop updates have started to become available for Nexus devices in the form of factory images. At the time of writing we're seeing Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (Wifi-only, 2013 + 2014 models) and Nexus 10 over on the Android Developers site. There's also an updated build for the Nexus 9 — LRX21Q.

As always, Android 5.0 updates will filter to Nexus and Google Play edition devices automatically in the coming weeks for those who don't manually update.

However if you don't want to wait to update your Nexus phone or tablet, the good news is that manually updating your device is relatively easy. All you'll need is your Nexus, an unlocked bootloader, a little bit of command line knowledge. We'll walk you through the process after the break.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with the Babolat Play Pure Drive connected tennis racket

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Babolat Play Pure Drive

Work on your swing and technique with modern technology

Samsung Developer ConferenceWe've seen fitness trackers, but what about a connected tennis tracker? Babolat's Play Pure Drive is a connected tennis racket that gives you more information on your tennis skills than you could ever imagine, and we've had a chance to use it here at SDC 2014. Working with its massive experience in making tennis rackets, the Babolat Play Pure Drive feels and plays the same as its other high-end rackets but gives you buckets of data after your training session or competitive match for analysis.

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